Danielle Forget Shield – You Can’t Eat Your Degree

Amazon ImageWhat is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

You Can’t Eat Your Degree – Combine Your Passions and Philosophies to Create the Story of Your Future

You Can’t Eat Your Degree gives you the perfect answer to these tough questions. You’ll learn how to use the experiences you collect through college and the information you already know about yourself to communicate the career path that best fits the genuine you. The descriptions and dialogue you create to script your career story can be used to:

-Identify your dream job
-Demonstrate clear direction and confidence
-Ask the right questions
-Tell your career story

More information can be found at http://www.825basics.com/shop-825-basics/you-cant-eat-your-degree.

Tell us something about yourself.

My co-author, Tricia Berry, and I both have backgrounds in engineering. We use the process knowledge and problem solving strategy learned in engineering and apply it to career strategy. We’ve been successfully sharing these strategies for over 10 years.

What inspired you to write this book?

We were inspired to write this book because college students have such an opportunity to use their college experiences to get a jump on career strategy and communications. A few simple strategies can be the difference in having a job you love or no job at all.

How did you choose the title?

We like clever titles that paint a picture. You Can’t Eat Your Degree hits both points.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

No real obstacles in publishing. Our obstacles come in limiting ourselves to the amount of information we share. We’ve found that longer how-to books can be scary and imply a difficult process rather than an easy process.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

We didn’t set out to be writers. We set out to educate college students in much greater numbers than we can reach through traditional speaking methods.

Do you have any writing rituals?

Not really – just get started and dedicate time to it daily.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?

Learned more about methods of publishing and distribution channels.

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

Create a market for the book before publishing it.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?

I like to read business books and clever, humorous mystery books. Grisham and Evanovich are my pleasure reads.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

Yes, our Rise Above the Noise series is set to debut later this year. These will be the ‘airplane’ style books with a lot of content focused on one specific topic, but short enough to read on a flight.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

You have to feel good about what you are doing.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

Career focused, college student or early career professional, interested in professional development to move their job search and future career in the direction that suits them personally.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?


Buy the book at Amazon.com.